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In 2014, concert pianist Josh Wright captivated the nation on America's Got Talent, but that wasn't his only claim to fame. The concert pianist's self-titled 2011 album climbed the Billboard charts, landing in the top spot of the "Classical Traditional" chart.
Wright has since released My Favorite Things, which reached #13 on the "Classical Albums" chart, and Meditation, a collaboration with his wife, in 2015.
Wright earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah. He is married to Dr. Lindsey Wright, who earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Utah.
Watch below to see Josh Wright perform a song from My Favorite Things on an "exploding" piano!
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SHeDaisy, comprised of three Mormon sisters—Kristyn, Kelsi, and Kassidy Osborn, who moved from Utah to Nashville to pursue their dreams of stardom—took the country music scene by storm in the 1990s. They've had five albums crack the top 10 on the "Top Country Albums" chart and 15 singles reach the "Hot Country Songs" chart. Their hits include "Little Good-Byes," "This Woman Needs," "I Will… But," and "Don't Worry 'bout a Thing."
Their debut album, The Whole SHeBANG, became a double-platinum album. The band has toured with artists like Alabama, Dolly Parton, and Brad Paisley and has also performed for three U.S. presidents. They have won or been nominated for several awards, winning the CMT Video Rising Star Award and the Billboard Music Video Award for Best New Artist Clip (for "Little Good-Byes") in 1999. That year, they also earned a Grammy Award nomination in for Country Vocal Group. They were also nominated for Best Country Duo or Group at the American Music Awards in 2004.
“We’ve met some people who have joined the Church through our music,” Kelsi (Osborn) Simpson told LDS Living. “That is the greatest reward for what we do. It’s a form of missionary work—it always has been for me.”
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All three members—Matt Lopez, Tim Gates, and Brad Hull—of the popular country music trio Due West are LDS. They reached the "Country Airplay" and "Hot Country Songs" chart with their hit single, "Things You Can't Do in a Car." Their 2013 album, Move Like That, also reached #38 on the "Country Albums" chart.
Achieving success as a country music band isn't always easy, but the members of Due West do their best to stay in tune with what really matters. “Being away from family has been the biggest challenge,” Tim Gates told LDS Living. “We still try to maintain the important things: family prayer, family home evening, and just being a family unit. I’ve had to be creative, using the internet and FaceTime to stay connected and making sure I’m calling every night for family prayer.”
Gates says the members of Due West also bring their temple clothes while on tour so they can attend the temple whenever they get a chance, and their common faith helps strengthen one another.
Dallon Weeks ( of Panic! at the Disco)
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Dallon Weeks is the bass guitarist, keyboardist, and backup vocalist for the rock band Panic! at the Disco. He served a mission in Oklahoma.
Their 2005 debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, reached #13 on the "Billboard 200" chart and has sold more than 2.2 million copies. The band's four subsequent albums all skyrocketed on the "Alternative Albums" chart. Their second album, Pretty. Odd., was released in 2008 and reached #1. Their third album, Vices & Virtues, hit #2, and their fourth album, 2013's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, reached #1. The band's new album, Death of a Bachelor, was released in January and has already hit #1.
The band has had several songs hit the top 10 on the "Rock" and "Alternative" charts, including "Victorious" from their latest album.